March 2021

Southgate Roller Rink expanding into former Bank America building; Skate shop and studio space opening this summer

The former Bank America building at 9616 17th SW in White Center is being converted into a retail skate shop and studio space by the owner of next door Southgate Roller Rink. Josh Rhoads who has owned the rink since 2011 said, "Eventually, we plan to make it a retail skate shop with a mini rink for small kid's parties, beginners learning to skate, and rhythm skaters to utilize as a studio space for practice.  We initially took over the space to secure the parking.  We had a great relationship with the bank for 10 years as we operated during their off hours.

But it will take some work to make it happen. The exterior painting is mostly complete with a modern charcoal with green trim color, matching the rink's exterior theme.

"We're a ways off to opening for the public. Maybe late summer," said Rhoads


King County updates data dashboard to let public see ongoing crime stats

Pandemic impacts revealed in data; More than 6000 open cases now

The King County Prosecutor's Office has updated and made available to the public a data dashboard – a way for the public to look at the types of crimes they have filed in the last 11 years. The online tool shows crime trends year over year, and graphs depicting crime data breakdowns.



Dow Constantine highlights launch of cleanup effort in King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine came to White Center on Tuesday March 30 to highlight an effort to clean up public areas spoiled by litter and graffiti. He was joined the King County Conservation Corps, and (formerly known as the Millionaires Club) which offers dignified employment opportunities to people experiencing homelessness and poverty while cleaning and removing graffiti from urban unincorporated areas. 


Ron Marshall to present "Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank" on April 8

information from Southwest Seattle Historical Society

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting Ron Marshall for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, April 8 at 6:00 PM. Marshall will deliver a presentation entitled, “Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.